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if taxes go up in 2013. host: flags all around washington, d.c. are at half staff this morning like the one you are feeling on the capital. good morning and welcome to "washington journal." for the first hour we will be talking about the aftermath of the shooting of in newtown, conn that happened yesterday. we will talk about the actions of the teachers. we will get into discussion about gun-control. that always seems to come up after situations like this. we would like for you to get involved in the conversation. the numbers are on the screen. we want to hear from teachers and people who work in the classrooms, principals and vice principals, people connected with education to find your thoughts on what happened yesterday. the actions of the teachers. how safe are in america's schools and america's schoolchildren. this is how the story is being played this morning on the front page of the "new york daily news." this is the way it is being reported this morning in "the wall street journal." the president talked about the shootings at the elementary school calling it a hate crime and vowing
time, appreciate it. >> thank you. >> kelly: breaking news from washington, a state department spokesman says that hillary clinton is recovering after sustaining a concussion. chief washington correspondent james rosen is live in washington with the latest details about it. what can you tell us about senator-- i should say secretary clinton's condition? >> secretary of state clinton had canceled an overseas trip that was to take her to north africa and the mideast due to the illness that led to her injury this week. clinton has been suffering from what aides have been describing as a vicious can stomach virus. and the cancellation of the trip is unusual for the 65-year-old, logged more miles than any other secretary of state. and the deputy secretary of state said in a statement today and i quote, while suffering from a stomach virus, she became dehydrated and sustained a concussion, she's recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly. and she'll be working from home and staying in contact with department and other officials and looking forward to being back in
ameritrade. >>> the scene tonight at the washington monument in our nation's capital as people gather to remember those people who are so sadly slaughtered here in connecticut today. children, 20 children in an elementary school. six of the teachers in the elementary school. a nation in mourning, connecticut legislators among those at that candlelight vigil at the washington monument. one of the people who without question it bears to note is caitlin lloyd. she's a first grade teacher at sandy hook elementary school. tonight she is being called a hero because she saved some of the students when the gunfire began to erupt. earlier, she spoke with abc's "world news tonight." >> i put one of my students on top of the toilet. i knew we had to get in there. i was telling them, it's going to be okay, you're going to be all right. i had pulled a bookshelf before i closed the door in front of it so it was completely -- we were completely barricaded in, i turned the lights off. >> did you tell them to be quiet? >> oh, yes, i told them to be quiet. i told them we had to be absolutely quiet. bec
prayers. and in washington, d.c., hundreds of people packed the white house lawn, holding up candles at an impromptu vigil. >> today's tragedy has a lot of people wondering if it's time for tougher gun control. according to a new survey, usa poll, almost 3/4s of bay area adults say laws for gun sales should be stricter. but is public sentiment strong enough to change the law? here's cbs 5 reporter grace lee. >> i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. >> reporter: it was an emotional president obama who faced the nation today. it was also a rare moment, perhaps a turning point in presidential policy for federal gun control. >> we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics. >> it is an obvious and perfectly appropriate emotional response to say something's got to be done. >> reporter: uc berkeley criminal law professor believes the american people will also have a change in public sentiment. a call for gun control. but he does not believe it will last
president make emotional comments. >> it is by and large official washington mourned as one. president obama as we reported strugiled to keep his composure in the briefing room yesterday. contrast of the emotionalism and the composure ledemonstrated in the wookly saturday address was readily discernable. >> whether it is it an elementary school in new ton or shopping mall in oregon or temple or movie or treat in chicago. >> movie theater in colorado. countless street corners and places like chicago and philadelphia, any of these neighborhoods could be our own . >> the horror of the day seems so unbearable said jone -- john boehner. and flag white house and capitol building were ordered to half staff. nancy pelosi said the entire will stapped as a of support to this community. homeland security janet napolitano plidged they would pledge whatever support necessary needed. >> we heard from retoired mark kelly who is the husband of gabby giffords who survived the shooting massacre. killy was on a trip to beijing. giffords synds her prayers and he said our lead ares must do more than regret and s
, connecticut and more on the president's reaction we go like to our washington correspondent from washington, dc. james? >> good morning, from the nation's capitol where for president obama as for all americans, it was a if the madness of the phenomenon, the mass shooting, descended, in connecticut, to the most horrifying level. the would fills -- the profile stayed the same, young man, in adolescent, severed from community and simple pleasures and articled. he is described as of advanced intelligence but remote. most of the victims in this case were very different. children ranging in age from 5 to 10, the most defenseless. the toll as we have reported, 28 dead including the mother and the school principal and 20 children, one school worker was wounded. president obama who has layed the difficult role of consoler in chief in the past struggled this time to contain his emotions and he spoke of the landmarks of life, first days, graduations, and victims of their families were robbed of this along with innocence taken of those who survived. we endured too many of the tragedies and when i learn
demonstrated. >> one other question. you're going to go back to washington. united states senate. is new federal legislation needed to tighten up gun control in the united states? >> you know, wolf, i think that is a conversation i'm going to have with my colleagues. and today i'm not going to discuss that out of respect to the families and i'm going to be back be again tomorrow. but i'm going to go to washington and i'm going to raise this issue and i think it's time for the conversation to be renewed for the dialogue to begin again and for the senate to consider whether that kind of action is necessary. >> senator blumenthal, thank you for coming in. >> thank you. >> our deep condolences to everyone in the state. they are suffering and so are we. >> thank you. thank you for being here. >>> that's it. what a horrific story. what else could i say? i will be back later. a special three-hour "the situation room" starting at 5:00 p.m. eastern until 8:00 p.m. our coverage will continue. also we're following the latest of secretary hillary clinton. she suffered a concussion. she fainted. she'
of symptom attic of the problem we have in washington, where people are so polarized, where nobody can find common ground on anything. and the reality is we need to have common ground, and have a system that highly regulates these weapons. but also, people who lawfully, legitimately want to use the weapons, use them. but also, not get them into the hands of people that are clearly incapable of using them. obviously, when you have an instance like this today that person had no business being anywhere close to a weapon and probably should have been that institutionalized, because nobody sane creates that type of situation we saw today. i think it is time to work together and compromise all the big issues of the day. and recognize it can't be either way. and we have to find common ground. and yeah, i think it can happen. >> thank you so much for being our guest tonight. and coming up, the latest from newtown, connecticut, as this msnbc special report continues. i had enough of feeling embarrassed about my skin. [ designer ] enough of just covering up my moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. i d
washington, d.c., psychiatrist dr. josh weiner. dr. weiner, i want to start with something that we've been talking about off and on throughout the past couple of hours here. gun control, obviously that is going to be a discussion that is had in washington, d.c., hopefully over the next few weeks and months. but mental health in this country is not a topic that is discussed in public, at least, a great deal. how much of the conversation should be centered on that? >> to me, i think the conversation should actually start with focusing on the mental health aspect. if you want to fight crime and you want to fight the use of guns and violence, you need to start by mental health treatment. you need to improve the access to care that a lot of people have. you need to take a look at what's happening with some of the laws surrounding the difficulty with getting people who really need treatment, getting them the treatment is very difficult for somebody in this country to be mandated, once they're over the age of 18, to get mental health treatment. i see this in my practice. i see some people who are
to be in washington for a training session for gun violence prevention groups. our viewers are responding to the tragedy on our facebook page. one comment reads "my heart is so broken. i can not stop crying at the thought of what happened and how the families feel. all of the other student his to experience. it is such a devastating thing." visit ktvu channel 2 facebook page to leave your own condolences for the victims in the shooting by posting your comments on our wall. >>> today's events are hard to understand for just anyone. but what do you say about today's shooting to aa young child? experts advising parents on how to handle the issue. >>> and other news, what closed part of a busy bay area mall on one of the busiest shopping days of the season? >>> picking up a few sprinkles as we head towards the weekend. sprinkles in the forecast. the latest computer model when i come back look at you guys with your fancy-schmancy u-verse high speed internet. you know, in my day you couldn't just start streaming six ways to sunday. you'd get knocked off. and sometimes, it took a minute to downl
outside, holding hands in circles. and in washington, d.c. today, hundreds of people packing the white house lawn, holding up candles in a candlelight vigil. >> today's tragedy has people wondering it is time for tougher gun control. 3/4 of adults say laws should be stricter and 77% a ban on rifles. but is public sentiment strong enough to change the law? cbs 5 reporter grace lee. >> reporter: it was an emotional president obama who faced the nation today. it was also a rare moment, a turning point for federal gun control. >> we are going to have to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics. >> it is an obvious and perfectly appropriate emotional response to say something has to be done. >> reporter: he believes the american people will also have a change in public sentiment a call for gun control but he doesn't believe it will last long enough to change law. >> the only time when most citizens worry is in the middle of a mass shooting episode. >> reporter: when a mass shooting occurs gun control is called for but after it dies down the oppo
. molly has more from washington. >> today in his weekly radio and internet address, he honored the teachers and administrators and students who were killed in the connecticut shool shooting. she described the murdered students as young children with whole lives ahead of them. >> our hearts are broken today. we grieve for the families of those we lost. we keep in our prayers the parents of those who survived because as blessed as they to have their children home they know their child's innocence has been torn by the way. >> molly: flags were lowered to half-staff in honor to those that were killed. usually the republicans would put out a radio and sbrchbt address but john boehner put out a statement instead after the school shooting, saying, quote, there will be no weekly republican address this weekend so that president obama can speak for the entire nation at this time of mourning. i join the president and all americans in sending prayers and condolences to the victims loved ones. janet napolitano says that department will provide, quote, any support necessary to state and loc
of the children. some 20 kids ages 5 to 10 killed in this awful, awful event. i want to go to washington now to bring in cnn's white house correspondent brianna kieler. the president didn't just speak yesterday, he dedicated his weekly address to the shooting victims. >> reporter: that's right. no doubt his address would have been about the looming tax cuts he's working with house republicans on. that was occupying washington, taking up all the oxygen here until this shooting happened. of course, it is not surprising, this is completely shifting the conversation in washington. president obama talking about the connecticut shooting in his weekly address, touching again on a personal note. here's part of it. >> this weekend michelle and i are doing what every parent is doing, holding our children as close as we can and reminding them how much we love them. there are families in connecticut who can't do that today and they need all of us right now. because while nothing can take the place of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend the hand to those in need to remind them that we are the
in san francisco, abc 7 news. >> thank you. vigils springing up over the country in washington, d.c. in front of the white house a group called for stronger gun firearms. this became a candle light vigil. more people joined the group z here is a picture of a vigil in san4/+dñ jose. the mother of 6-year-old diaviano cavato showed this noteo, lighting a candle for children. the sign reads san jose loves shes, connecticut. we're getting word of a vigil to be held in oakland tonight. at broadway and 14th street from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for victims of gun violence. >> it seems to happen often these days. just this year, one of the deadliest shootings in california history happen ntd bay area. seven people killed in oikos university. the gunman is undergoing evaluation. in february, three students killed and two wounded as students waited for buses to other schools. the deadliest school shooting happened in 2007 in virginia tech. the gunman killed 32 people, then shot and killed himself in 1999 in columbine high school two, students killed 12 classmates and a teacher before themselves in
over the country including arizona, washington, texas, wisconsin and hear in the bay area naturally. the shooter has been identified as which-year-old adam lanza of hoboken, new jersey. he was an honor student who may have suffered from personality disorder armed with 4 weapons and was wearing a bullet proof vest when he marched on to that campus with the intent to kill. witnesses say he didn't upary word. we have steps i have coverage on this tonight. chris cuomo takes us through what happened. >> this morning the sandy hook elementary ask full of kids concerned about christmas. then at 9:40 am shots rang out. >> all units the individual that i have on the phone continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire. >>reporter: inside little kids are under attack. >> heard this racket at our classroom. >>reporter: horrible things happening. teachers make sure they are safe and then do the unimaginable. >> what did the teacher do the then. >> she read us some books and we talked about things and played little games in there. >>reporter: did you hear any more bad noises. >> yes. >
the white house for a vigil. many belong to a gun control group who happen to be in washington for a training conference. they chanted, lit candles and pleaded for action. >> as we said there is still information coming out from authorities in connecticut. >> we are in new town where that press conference ended and authorities promising more information with in the hour. what have we learned? >> reporter: a couple of nuggets came out of this press conference that stood out. the lieutenant paul vance with the state police here in connecticut saying that they collected some very good evidence that could point to a motive in all of this but he wouldn't say what that evidence was specifically. again, saying it's good evidence that may fill in some blanks. he went onto talk about the shooter and that he was not voluntarily let inside of the school. in the words of the lieutenant he forced his way into the school so that is something that we know here now as well. of course we have heard some of the 911 calls in which a caller describes hearing gun shots as well as seeing glass sha
, joining us from washington, congresswoman who is deeply involved in the case. i don't understand this. i really don't understand how you can have somebody in jail for four months who didn't do anything and everybody is involved, the state department, i assume the president knows about this. so try to tell me what's going on. >> well, we are outraged as well, bill. in fact, it is so incomprehensible that when the mother first came to us with the case, we said, oh, something must be wrong here. sometimes constituents stretch the truth a little bit. this cannot be happening. >> bill: but it is. >> the more we investigated, that's right. we found out absolutely, everything that she was saying is absolutely correct. and, in fact, in my conversation just two days ago with the mexican ambassador, he told me that right now jon hammer is chained to his bed. why? because they had to move him from the general population of those criminals into an area that is less secure. and in that area that is less secure, it is so unsecure that they fear that he will escape and in order to overcome that fear, t
to turn back to washington where president obama did speak today about the tragedy in his emotional press conference, talking as commander in chief and as father of two young daughters. here abc's chief white house correspondent jake tapper now. >> reporter: as flags were lowered to half-staff at the white house this afternoon. >> our hearts are broken today. >> reporter: president obama reacted not as a president, but as a parent. >> i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. >> reporter: it was an emotional side of the president rarely seen in public. he repeatedly wiped away tears and paused to compose himself. >> the majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them -- birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. >> reporter: it was almost two years ago the president was called to be consoler in chief after a different act of gun violence in tucson where congresswoman gabby giffords was shot and six others were killed. >> we
if the nature of this crime and the age of the victims might create the debate in washington that could push legislation along. >> it's possible, but many people thought that would happen after the shootings in aurora, colorado, this summer, after congresswoman gabrielle giffords was shot along with so many others. more than a year ago. but that didn't happen. in fact, congressional leaders today and the president were so reluctant to bring up this issue that their aides said today was not the day to discuss it. that infuriated gun control advocates, scott, who said if today isn't the day, what is? >> pelley: nancy, thanks very much. today's shooting in connecticut is painfully familiar to people today's shooting in connecticut is painfully familiar to people in little ton, colorado.,,,,,,,, >> >> pelley: one of the parents of a sand ree hook, elementary student said today that he always thought newtown, connecticut, was the safest place in america. folks in littleton, colorado, once thought the same about their town. until the shooting at columbine. 13 years later, barry petersen reports th
minutes that kid with a gun killed her. >> james rose enis over in washington now. the president yesterday spoke emotionally. he said not as a president, i speak to you now as a parent. understands what he was going through and what we are all going through. listen. >> those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. >> yesterday the president of the united states had to face the nation wiping away a tear. >> we are hearing about aurora shooting kicked off with gabby giffords what happened in the parking lot that day. more and more we are hear being the same themes. >> the president is the first person to get these calls. for more on the president's reaction we go to james rosen. >> guys, good morning to you. we saw a range of reaction from officials in washington. the topple elected republican house speaker john boehner issued a call for unity. the horror of this day is unbearable but we will lock arms and unite as citizens that's how americans r
about the shooter and what he did in the days before the attack. nbc's pete williams is in washington. pete with a good day, what have you learned? >> reporter: alex, the connecticut authorities have not yet formally identified the gunman, but we're been told and i think it's widely known it's adam lanza is his name, 20 years old who was living with his mother. they say the shooting actually began that morning about three miles from the school at the home where he was living with his mother, that he shot her then drove her car to the school. now we're told that he had actually four handguns when he entered the school. we had known about the first two. they say there were two others that were found. and then he also had a rifle that was not brought into the school we're told by several officials, that it was left in the car, and that all these weapons were legally purchased by his parents. although officials say on tuesday of this past week adam lanza went to a sporting goods store in connecticut and tried to buy a rifle but was turned down for various reasons, because of the connectic
it would rise, the policy conclusions that people come to, washington would now be on fire with policy discussions. with official policy discussions about -- and no one would say don't politicize the tragedy of someone named abdullah mutallab walking into a school. >> that's what honors the children and the mother of adam lanza who was killed. right before the first presidential debate, i went to virginia tech. colin goddard, one of the victims, one of the 33 who didn't die but has three bullets in him you today. took me through the place where he was shot up and where his teachers were killed at virginia tech. i was with him because the next day, president obama and mitt romney would be holding their first debate at the university of denver, and he was leading the campaign, to get the moderator, jim lehrer, the pbs host, to ask the question about gun violence. after all, the debate was taking place in colorado. you had oaurora about that. tens of thousands of signatures, was a question asked? no. >> and basically both candidates did everything they could to not address guns. it was li
the lack of progress on "fiscal cliff" negotiations in washington. on wall street today. the dow fell 36-points. the nasdaq dropped 21- points. and the s-and-p- 500 lost six points. no update on the fiscal negotiations. because of the elementary school shooting in new- town, connecticut. today - republican house speaker john boehner canceled the weekly republican address. saying in a news release --- quote -- "so that president obama can speak for the entire nation at this time of mourning." he also added, he joins the president - and all americans - in sending prayers and condolences to the victims' loved ones. >>jacqueline: this live look at the satellite and radar. we did see some light rain. we will see similar conditions and a bit of a break. clearing skies and cooler temperatures, overnight. offshore, in other rainfall with tomorrow that you can see on futurecast. as we see it is light. not as widespread as we've seen with previous storms. shower early showery but not until 5:00 a.m. on the sunday. temperatures tomorrow in a very cold morning because of the clear skies. 33 and fair
of the people who weighed in is an ireporter who sent us this video. he's in washington, d.c. he has daughters and he was actually picking up one of his kids at school when he heard the news. here's part of what he says. >> there are so many questions right now, more questions than answers. but what i do know is that we need to find some way to come together around all victims of violence, not just at the sandy hook elementary school. that is the tranl jik news of the day but really figure out what we can do to save our children and make them feel safe. >> i'm talking with you on facebook. joshlevs@cnn.com. this is a photo spread of people mourning all over the world. some of these pictures from all over connecticut. this one is in rio. you will see that there are many pictures of people all over the world holding vigils, sharing the sadness. the one act of one person that destroyed lives, shattered a community, has shattered millions and these emotions are being shared all over the world. we are hearing you. don, i'll be with you later with the latest on the investigation. >> josh levs, thank
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from lynn sweet, washington bureau chief of the "chicago sun-times." ed o'keefe, reporter for "the washington post." good afternoon to both of you. lynn, president obama, yesterday calling for, quote, meaningful action. the president and the president chooses his words very carefully. what do you think he means by meaningful action? >> well, this is the first time the -- he said he would do something in the wake of these horrible tragedies. so i think he put down a pledge to only -- only way to take sit he's going the look for some kind of a change in gun law. now we know that he -- i don't want to get lawyeresque on you and say, you know, but when you say meaningful action we can take a common sense plain reading of it that obama who has been very reluctant to do anything on the gun control issue is ready to do something. >> what are you hearing from lawmakers in d.c.? specifically perhaps lawmakers from the right. is there a -- different mood there at this point? >> well, we have heard the comments that we have heard after all of these other mass shoot things year which is we hav
: in washington, d.c., flags are flying at half staff as the country mourns with this small connecticut town that has lost so much. of course, thoughts and prayers of this entire community tonight are with those 26 victims that died here at the school. 20 young children under the age of 10 and also six adults. meanwhile, the investigation here continues. that's the story live in newtown, connecticut. chris pollone, nbc news, back to you. >> many thanks to chris. now to try to talk something sensible about this, we welcome blake zeft to the show, a former obama presidential campaign aide. we welcome back nan hayworth and mark simone. nan, let me begin with you, please. you're a doctor. >> yes. >> i know you're not a mental health doctor. but it has been alleged that he has asperger's syndrome, personality disorders -- nobody knows. does mental health play a huge role in this, from what you know? >> well, i'm the mother of two sons as well. i just can't imagine the scene at that elementary school. and of course the families whose children survived. these children who witnessed this. there's no
. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> we're also getting a lot of questions about how you can help those affected. if you want to help, go to cnn.com/impact. john? >> thanks so much, ali. as everyone knows, our focus as much as it can be is on victims. there is an investigation going on right now. there are so many questions. and we're learning more now about the suspected shooter in this case. police say his name is adam lanza. cnn's mary snow is at lanza's home. what can you tell us about the suspected shooter? >> reporter: john, it's believed that he lived with his mother at the home that is behind me now blocked off by police. and in terms of descriptions of him, one neighbor described him as troubled. former classmates described him as very bright, someone who kept to himself socially awkward, and we're also learning from our -- cnn's susan candiotti that a law enforcement official told her that a family member of lanza told investigators that he had a form of autism. >> mary, what do we know about the guns? the weapons that he used in the shooting? we understand there were two pist
nation's capital building in washington, d.c. the flag is at half-staff for the people killed in connecticut today all those children especially. we are about to hand it over to scott pelley for a special hour long edition of "cbs evening news." we're back at 6:30. more on today's tragedy in connecticut. the question people across the nation are asking tonight, as you watch television, you read the news, how do you begin to comprehend the unthinkable? thanks for watching us this half hour. a special hour-long "cbs evening news" is next. we'll leave you with images from a vigil held in the nation's capital. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> i don't understand how somebody could hurt innocent children. i just don't get that. what did those poor babies do to you? that's the hard part. >> there was 20 parents that were just told that their children are dead. >> it's a tragedy. it's a tragic scene. >> pelley: it is a tragedy for the nation. a gunman opened fire in a connecticut kindergarten. >> beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years
of these mass shootings and for the first time in his presidency he said washington must take meaningful action to prevent similar atrocities. as the president spoke his press secretary jay carney and white house chief of staff sat feet away clutching each other's hands, tears welling in their eyes. >> pelley: major, thank you. we'll be hearing from more of the parents here in newtown, connecticut, wh-s "cbs evening news" continues. to the best vacation spot on earth. (all) the gulf! it doesn't matter which of our great states folks visit. mississippi, alabama, louisia or florida, they're gonna love it. shaul, your alabama hospitality is incredible. thanks, karen. love your mississippi outdoors. i vote for your florida beaches, dawn. bill, this louisiana seafood is delicious. we're having such a great year on the gulf, we've decided to put aside our rivalry. now is the perfect time to visit anyone of our states. the beaches and waters couldn't be more beautiful. take a boat ride, go fishing or just lay in the sun. we've got coastline to explore and wildlife to photograph. and there's world clas
control advocacy groups were already in washington for a leadership training conference when the deadly shooting happened. >> the name of our god that is good and holy we pray. >> reporter: as news of the tragedy spread, dozens of people gathered outside the white house for an impromptu vigil to remember those lost today. they chanted, lit candles and asked for gun changes. >>> while the white house said today is not the day for that discussion, debra villalon live in san francisco with all those who say now is the time to have that talk. >> reporter: well this is 101 california, the high rise where almost 20 years ago a crazed gunman killed eight and wounded six. then as now there are calls for change. >> i don't think today is that day. >> reporter: when is the day to talk gun reform? mark kelly, married to congresswoman giffords said the discussion can no longer wait. and feinstein is calling on congress to debate america's gun culture. declaring weapons of war don't belong on our streets or in our theaters, shopping malls and schools. >> it was very similar to the day that i was sho
held in newtown and across the country. also one just outside the without in washington, d.c. earlier today, president obama ordered flags half staff nationwide for the victims of the tragedy. in an emotional address, he said this to the nation. >> i know there is not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings. kids of their own. >> an extraordinarily emotional president obama earlier today. obviously, so many questions that are emerging after what happened today. a virtual massacre of little, tinny children, and the weapons that were used, nothing short of terrifying. susan candiotti following this today. three different weapons found in different places, very dangerous weapons. >> two weapons found on the shooters himself, in the classroom, where he was found dead. one of them is a glock, and the other is a sig sauer, both handguns, a third weapon found in a car,
outside of the white house in washington, d.c. earlier today, president obama ordered flags to be flown at half staff nationwide in tribute to the victims of this terrible tragedy. in an emotional address, he said this to the nation. >> i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. >> reporter: the president, incredibly emotional as he . a masser of innocent tiny children and the weapons used nothing short of terrifying. our susan candiotti has been following the developments today. three different weapons found in different places, very, very dangerous weapons. >> that's right. two of the weapons were found on the shooter himself n the classroom where he was found dead. one of them is a glock and the other is a cigging sauer. both handguns. a third weapon was found in a car in a vehicle, may have been his outside of the school. >>
jansing. she has been in newtown yesterday. according to "the washington post," six of the welfare deadliest mass shootings in this country's history had happened since 2007. i will start with a simple question here. why are these shootings taking even more victims it seems? >> well, they are taking more victims, number one, because we see shooters using semiautomatic weapons. most of the time you look at the mass shootings, probably in the last 15 to 30 years, it is either semiautomatic pistols, which normally have about 15, 16 rounds or high capacity. they could have 20 or they use assault rifles which, again, have 2035 rounds. so the shooters are going in and they are better armed and have high capacity weapons and they are obviously shooting to kill. in this case, the most innocent of those what do some of the shooters -- what are some of the traits they all have in common? >> well, you know, recently -- first of all, i want to be very quick to say we can't put everybody in the same pot. we can't lump them all together. we can't say they are all sociopaths, psychopaths. we can'
we're going to get a bit more from washington, d.c. as officials, i the president, expressed their shock and sadness today as our coverage continues. we are live in newtown, connecticut, tonight on a day that -- >> bill: now the scene inside of saint rose, a local church here in newtown, connecticut, a vigil began about 23 minutes ago. 7:00 o'clock local time as that service continues. there is a church down the road, st. john episcopal church. there is a sign outside that says, healing prayer today at all the churches in this community, including this one at saint rose, we watch and pull for the folks who are gathered here tonight. >> i haven't the words that makes the pain of what happened today easy to bear. i'm heart broken as i know all of you are. but nothing hurts more than the loss of innocence, but no more so with those that are left. i'm heart broken and i know many of you share my grief. i have a simple prayer, i turn to god in times like this. my prayer is very simple. show me and show us the way to wrap our arms around those families that have been so affected b
. in washington, a visibly emotional and tearful president obama addressed the nation yesterday afternoon. he offered prayers, solace and support for the victims in this tragedy. >> we've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams. our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors, as well. for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know their children's innocence has been torn away from them too early and there are no words that will ease their pain. this evening, michelle and i will do i know what every parent in america will do which is hug our children a little tighter and tell them we love them. and we'll remind each other h
rifle used by the beltway snipers more than a decade ago to wreak havoc here around the washington, d.c. area. it looks like a military weapon, certainly formidable, but it has elements that clearly make it a hunting weapon. and now the medical examiner in connecticut says all the wounds he knows of came from, quote, the long gun, which according to our understanding, is the bushmaster. which was confiscated from the shooting scene and apparently caused all the injuries to the victims, the medical examiner saw. one of the questions we're asking right now is whether that bushmaster .223 found on the scene would have been banned, either under the old federal assault weapons ban that passed during the clinton administration and expired during the george w. bush years. we asked a former top official of the federal bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms about that. and he said it just depends on how the gun was outfitted, and some of these things we don't know yet. listen. >> under the assault weapon ban, a weapon like the bushmaster would only have been banned if it had things like a fol
. >> brian: meanwhile james rosen is over in washington now. you know, the president spoke yesterday emotionally. he said not as a president. i speak to you now as a president. understands what he was going through and what we're all going through. listen. >> those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. >> steve: yesterday the president of the united states had the face of the nation right there wiping away the tear. >> we are seeing this more and more. seems like we are aurora shooting and kicked with with gabriel giffords and what happened in that parking lot that day. more and more hearing about the same themes. >> evil. >> alisyn: so for more on the president's reaction we go to james rosen in washington. good morning, james. >> alisyn and guys, good morning to you. actually we saw an interesting range of reaction from official washington, the nation's top elected republican house speaker john boehner issued a call for unity yesterda
and former fbi director tom fuentes joins us from washington. deborah feyerick is joining us. tom, first you to. these are high-powered guns the there. you obviously downtown wan't wan the wrong hands. connecticut has strong laws on the books now. how did the young adam lanza, 20-year-old, get these weapons? >> hi, wolf. so far we don't know for sure how he got them. the reports are that his manager legally purchased the weapons and legally had them in the house, it followed all of the laws of connecticut. but if he went ahead and stole them from his mother and then actually used them against her and the other children, then that's where the problem comes in. she may have obtained the guns legally, but he didn't. he basically would have stolen the weapons. >> how popular out there are these three kinds of weapons? the two pistols, one rifle? how popular out there are they generally across the country? >> they're popular because the glock and the sig sauer pistols are professional, top-of-the-line quality. they're carried by most law enforcement officers, federal, state, and local throughout
in seattle, washington, five people killed and one wounded with a 45 caliber handgun. on july 20th, in a movie theater in aurora 50 people killed with a ar semiautomatic rifle. and then a temple at a sikh temple. and then four days ago at a mall in portland oregon, two killed and one wounded with an ar-15 s semiautomatic rifle. yesterday december 14th, at an elementary school in newtown, connecticut, 20 children, and 66 adults killed and one person wounded. two semiautomatic handguns and rifle caliber shell casings were found at the scene. that is only a partial list for one year. each time the sound of gun fire followed by our nation's silence about gun policy. at the table with me is msnbc contributor ari melder, and joy reid and our mental health expe expert. michael, i want to start with you. to have a conversation about gun control, it seems that certain guns will increase body counts full stop. >> what do you need it for? none of us need the highly technical forms of weaponry available now, and distressingly so to any person, especially a mentally ill person who does not have
supervised the atf's response a decade ago, a story i covered a lot, the washington, d.c. beltway sniper. so unfortunately, this is something you know a lot about. i want you to walk me through some of these weapons. in the press conference, the medical examiner said that everybody was shot with the same rifle. which would be i guess the bushmaster. so give us some more information about the bushmaster . 223 semiautomatic rifle. that certainly changes the facts in this case. obviously, the bushmaster is typically used in a longer-range shooting. it has more accuracy from a distance. it's odd that he would take the long gun into the school, because he could do just as much damage with the pistols. the one advantage with the rifle is typically you can load 30-round magazines typically during some of these tactical situations. they'll stack the two magazines, one upside down, finish shooting 30 rounds, push a button, flip the other one over as quickly as you can turn it, and now you have another 30 rounds to shoot. so the tactics -- what's odd with this whole thing that i find odd, we've heard
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